Graduate Education Literacy student, Kim Lotocki, works with children at Dunkirk School No. 3.

Initial Teacher Preparation Programs: Early Childhood/ Childhood Education

Early Childhood/ Childhood Education

Overview and Description of Program

The Early Childhood/ Childhood Education program at Fredonia prepares teacher candidates to earn two teaching certificates (Early Childhood Education, Grades Birth-2 and Childhood Education, Grades 1-6). Graduates have the ability to become certified in New York State to teach children from Birth-Grade 6. The Early Childhood/ Childhood Education program prepares candidates to assume the role of the general education teacher with specific understanding of the unique needs of children across this age range. They are prepared to link and apply knowledge of child development content and teaching strategies to match children’s ways of learning.

As part of our teacher preparation program, teacher candidates complete a series of four field-based experiences in local schools. Each field experience is taught in conjunction with a required educational course to clearly connect educational theory and practice. Candidates spend a minimum of four hours per week for approximately eight weeks in a classroom working as instructional assistants. Each of these field experiences are highly structured, well supervised, and intended to provide multiple opportunities for teacher candidates to plan, instruct, reflect, and respond with students in general education classroom settings. Early Childhood Education majors also complete Introduction to Early Childhood and Integrated Methods for Early Childhood, which are both field-based courses specifically designed in an Early Childhood Education setting. Through a series of early field-based experiences, program candidates have multiple opportunities to plan, instruct, reflect, and respond to learner needs - setting the foundation for their future success in schools.

Graduates from our program...

  • are employed through the region and across the nation.
  • are working with children in a variety of settings including public school elementary grades, kindergartens, pre-kindergartens, private elementary schools, and charter schools, child care centers, and Head Start classrooms.
  • are qualified teachers who offer elementary schools a wide range of knowledge and skills to address the diverse needs of all learners.

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